GM 24: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
02/04/12 10:14 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 87 Atlanta Hawks
Andre Iguodala, SF 36 MIN | 3-15 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 10 AST | 9 PTS | +9

Obviously he got his teammates involved tonight, rebounded and played his usual stellar D, but he has not scored the ball well now in two straight games vs. top notch defensive teams, so that is a concern for us. Dre also took a couple horrible shot in the late 4th Q that had us throwing the remote.

Lavoy Allen, PF 12 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +7Lavoy Allen, PF 19 MIN | 3-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -15

In his 1st career start, Allen continued his run of great play. The one thing we have noticed is that Lavoy is a lot stronger then we had imagined. Numerous times last night the Hawks tried to get physical with him but had no luck. In fact Lavoy seemed to thrive in the physical game that developed down low. With Hawes back, he didn’t get much burn in the 2nd half and we’re not sure why. Not a huge deal, just something worth watching in the future.

Spencer Hawes, C 32 MIN | 7-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | +6

While he looked a little rusty in spots and he was obviously limping, Spence had a big game tonight. You wouldn’t have known that he had missed 10 straight games, that’s for sure. It’s amazing how much more flow there is to the Sixers offense when Spence is in the lineup. The bucket he hit with 2:40 remaining in the 4th and the shot clock running out was a huge basket in this game.

Jodie Meeks, G 27 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +5

We could have used more of this on Friday night vs. the Heat. His second quarter performance was fantastic tonight and included 3 steals (by our count).

Jrue Holiday, PG 30 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | -3

We didn’t need much from Jrue tonight which is good because we didn’t get much. His main goal vs. ATL was to keep Jeff Teague from going off and for the most part Jrue did a good job there.

Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 14 PTS | +13

We all know that Louis loves to put on a show for his hometown folks in the ATL, but we really could have used a performance like this out of him on Friday night. He hit some baskets a key moments tonight vs. the Hawks. Was anyone else completely shocked when he passed the ball up the floor to Big Nik with time running out in the 2nd Q? We’re sure Vuc was shocked, but he drained the 3-ball anyhow. LW did hoist a couple awful shots in the 4th, but we’ll try to over look that tonight.

Thaddeus Young, F 32 MIN | 6-12 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 14 PTS | +4

Another rock solid outing for Thad. The buzzer beater he hit at the end of the 1st was a thing of beauty to watch and propelled the Sixers to a great 2nd quarter run.

Evan Turner, SG 23 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 11 PTS | +11

Thank you Coach Magee. Turner is a completely different playe this year and when his raises up for that mid-range jumper we now find ourself yelling, “Money” instead of covering our eyes. Another great all around game from Turner.

Nikola Vucevic, C 21 MIN | 7-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | +3

This rookie can flat out play. The thing that impressed us the most vs. ATL is that he established great position down low and then was nearly impossible to move. He outside touch is watery as well. His drive to the tin for a left handed lay in in the 3rd Q was ridiculous.

After the jump, Six Things We Saw Tonight

1.  We’re not one to complain about the officials, but the 7-6 could not get a call tonight at all.  The Sixers attempted only 9 FTs on the night to the Hawks 27.

2.  The 2nd Q was the key in this one. The Sixers shot 17 for 23 in that stanza and that led to a 24-9 run that gave the Sixers the 16 point cushion at half.  Meeks and ET sparked the run with lockdown D that led to easy transition buckets. After that, the Sixers never lead by less then 9 points.

3.  As usual, the Sixers can out of the locker room after halftime and simply stepped on the gas.  In the 3rd, they turned up the heat on defense, got a host of good looks at the basket and pushed their lead out to 20 points.  The game was pretty much over at half, but the run in the 3rd officially put the game on ice.

4.  With Hawes, Big Nik and Allen dare we say that the Sixers have depth in their bigs?  Tonight they combined for 33 points and 12 boards.  As a unit they shot 16-23 (69.5%) on the night.

5.  After the first five got off to a shaky start — 5-for-their-first-15 from the field, the Sixers bench came up huge in the first half.  But what else is new.  The “Night Shift” outscored the Hawks bench 32-16 in the first half.

6.  Sixers are now one of only four teams in the NBA who have not lost two in a row during this crazy lockout shortened season. 


 
 
 

2 Responses to “GM 24: RAPID REACTS”

  1. Sloetry
    5. February 2012 at 19:49

    Read an article today on whether the Sixers should trade to bridge the gap with the Heat. I think the thing to do now is not to rush. The Sixers will make advances as the main pieces in the current roster gain experience. Can you imagine this team if the main pieces stay in place for a few years and grow together. To me, this really is the key.
    The only tradable piece is looking like EB, but then his veteran presence may help the development of Hawes, Vucevic and Allen and perhaps Young. Allen’s growth is very exciting, and his strength and movement could be huge. Vucevic too looks great. It really is fun to watch this development. But we mustn’t be impatient. Let these guys develop and that is what will get us closer to our goal.

  2. hk
    6. February 2012 at 13:51

    I believe that an under-reported aspect of closing the gap between the Heat and the Sixers is simply having Hawes and Vucevic healthy. Many folks were / are quick to downplay the Sixers wins over the Pacers (sans Granger), the Hawks (sans Horford) twice and the Bulls (sans Deng) while ignoring the fact that Hawes missed both Heat games and Vucevich missed half of one and almost all of the other. In my opinion, to beat Miami, you have to outplay them at PG, C and off the bench to compensate for the fact that they will almost always win the battles at the 2, 3 and 4 spots. So far, the Sixers were only able to outplay the Heat at the 5 spot in the 1st half of the game in Miami until Nick went out with an injury.

    Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying the Sixers are better than or even equal to the Heat. I’m just saying that, at full strenghth, they are closer than the two final scores indicate and that those who want to downplay their wins because of the other teams’ injuries should also give the Sixers credit for continuing to win without Hawes and/or Vucevic and should also recognize the impact that their absences had on the two losses to Miami.

    Like Sloetry, I would hate to see them make a trade to close the gap now. On the expectation that Jrue, ET, Thad, Lavoy and Nick are nowhere near what should be their peak levels, the future is bright.

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